Labor & Population Research Areas

Labor and Population has built its international reputation by addressing head-on the world's most complex labor and social welfare issues. Learn more about our research by visiting the research area pages below.

  • Supporting Children and Families

    RAND Labor and Population researchers devise evidence-based solutions to improve public policy pertaining to childhood health and access to health care, children's success in early childhood programs including child care and preschool, and government assistance programs for low-income families.

  • Preparing Workers for a Global Economy

    The demand for educated, versatile workers who can interpret complex information and adapt to technological innovation is high. RAND Labor and Population pursues research that helps individuals, organizations, and governments understand how workers—at home or abroad, new to the workforce or at retirement—can remain engaged and productive.

  • Enhancing the Well-Being and Retirement of an Aging Population

    Throughout the world, people are living well beyond traditional retirement ages. Some will suffer from health problems while others will remain in good health and continue to participate in the labor force. RAND Labor and Population research findings and recommendations help improve policies that aim to enhance physical conditions, cognitive functioning, medical care, and financial security of aging populations.

  • Assisting Disabled and Other Vulnerable Populations

    Serious illness, disability, job loss, and poverty could render any of us physically or socially vulnerable at any point in our lives. From studies of wide-reaching events such as the Great Recession and Hurricane Katrina to studies of individual health conditions or unemployment, RAND Labor and Population experts understand how to provide critical resources and care to improve the resiliency of those most in need.

  • Improving Financial Decisionmaking

    RAND Labor and Population researchers use state-of-the-art survey methods, experiments, and approaches from behavioral economics to assess how people collect and interpret financial information. The results are helping decisionmakers understand how individuals and families plan for retirement, choose health insurance, and survive during periods of economic uncertainty.

  • Promoting International Development

    To improve lives in underdeveloped nations, one must understand the factors that influence economic growth and development. RAND research helps decisionmakers craft and advance policies that reflect an understanding of how economic conditions, government interventions, and international relations affect living conditions among the developing world's poorest populations.

  • Understanding Migration and Demographic Change

    The demographic composition of communities and nations affects how health care and education are delivered, the ways cities are planned, and how resources are effectively distributed. From studies of Mexican immigration to the United States to studies of migration patterns in the Middle East and North Africa, RAND Labor and Population informs such decisions through policy-driven demographic research.